Twenty Unnecessary Years

Unfathomable Grace

Israel had followed their horrible leaders, and they became corrupt just like Eli, Hophni, and Phinehas. Therefore, God stretched out his mighty hand and disciplined his rebellious children. Thirty-thousand Israelites and three priests were slain. Victory was granted to the Philistines resulting in the loss of Israel’s dignity, independence, and sovereignty. Most tragically, the nation of Israel lost both her Ark of the Covenant and her intimacy with God. It was a sad season in Israel’s life. They were duplicitous religious whores, and God allowed them to go their own way and reap the consequences of their lewd behavior.

However, after a short season away from Israel, and a series of humiliating blows to the Philistine idols, God came Israel’s way. He would not allow his sacred Ark of the Covenant and visible symbol of his presence to remain separated from his people for long. Yet, when the Lord and…

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